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#18

The Indianapolis Colts released Peyton Manning today. During the past season I was hoping for the Colts to get the #1 pick in this year’s draft. I am excited they are drafting Andrew Luck. I believe releasing Manning was the right thing to do. Fans of all the other scum-sucking teams would kill for a Do-Over where they get a new GM, a new coaching staff, a new defensive scheme, and a #1 pick QB all in the same offseason. Colts fans are Luck-y indeed.

It was still incredibly hard to watch the press conference this morning.

I am about to turn 30. I was in high school when Manning joined the Colts. My 20’s are forever linked to memories of Manning and the boys in blue going to war every year against the Patriots. In my 7+ years living in LA, watching Colts games with fellow Hoosiers has been the main connection to my hometown identity. Colts games are A Family Thing for me. Every touchdown pass and every interception for the last fourteen years has been a boost of emotional catharsis.

My Colts fandom is about being an Indianapolis native. I’m a Colts fan before I am a Manning fan. But I spent the vast majority of my childhood, until 2000 when the Pacers went to the NBA Finals, believing that pro-sports championships were for major cities like Chicago, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles. When I was a little kid, the Colts and the Pacers were terrible. When I was a teenager, Reggie Miller was always thwarted. On February 4th, 2007, Peyton Manning gave me that impossible boyhood dream: a championship trophy and all the tribal glory that goes with it.

It is easy to transport myself to how I felt. The emotional memory is lasting. I am sitting in a both at Barney’s Beanery with my friend Matt, starring through red eyes at HD screens while the bar empties. We are but twelve or so Colts fans in the joint. The team is passing the trophy. Words are being said. Confetti falls. We are so tired. It was so surreal… but so visceral, too.

Luck will be a great NFL quarterback. It’s possible he wins more Super Bowls than Peyton. Even if that were true, it will never be the same. You never forget your first.



How about them Colts.

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How about them Colts.

There is nothing to say. Death awaits us all. In the interim, firing the coach would be a great way to pass the time.



COLTS: Playoff loss to the Jets, other NFL thoughts…

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COLTS: Playoff loss to the Jets, other NFL thoughts…

It would only be fair to chime-in on the Indianapolis Colts’ disappointing season-ending home playoff loss to the AFC Champ game-bound New York Football Jets. Just typing that burned the prints from my finger’s tips.

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COLTS: Indy loses to Chargers 30-somethingwhatever to 14.

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COLTS: Indy loses to Chargers 30-somethingwhatever to 14.

I’m not going to fucking talk about it.



COLTS: Horror of Horrors, Indy drops to the Pats 31-28.

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COLTS: Horror of Horrors, Indy drops to the Pats 31-28.

Tough, tough loss. Manning threw three interceptions including the game-ender that might have otherwise been the game winning drive. I don’t know how you don’t call The Pats the best team in the league right now. (God, I have to give my fingertips a chemical bath just for typing that.)

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COLTS: Indy survives the Bungles, 23-17

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COLTS: Indy survives the Bungles, 23-17

I’ll take it. Minus two starting linebackers, minus two of their top three RBs, starting only two WRs who had ever played a regular season NFL game, and considering all the other injuries… Indy’s ugly win this weekend was downright heroic.

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COLTS: So, ah, the last month.

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COLTS: So, ah, the last month.

Work has interfered with both my football watching and blogging. I missed most of the ‘Skins game. I was deathly sick during the Colts’ bye. I caught most of the very encouraging win over the Texans. Unfortunately, I saw all of the crushing loss to the Eagles.

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COLTS: Indy grinds it out against The Chiefs, 19-9.

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COLTS: Indy grinds it out against The Chiefs, 19-9.

A win is a win, and football teams are out there to win games, not beauty pageants. It was an ugly home victory for my Colts, but I’ll take it.

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COLTS: Jags beat Colts 31-28… uh-oh.

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COLTS: Jags beat Colts 31-28… uh-oh.

First reaction: Well, whatareyagonnado? The guy hit the 3rd-longest game-winning field goal in NFL history.

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COLTS: Indy whips Donkeys, 27-13

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COLTS: Indy whips Donkeys, 27-13

The Colts always beat the Broncos. Though the defense was inconsistent and the offense couldn’t get a rhythm going until the second half, this game was never as close as it felt.

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